Peter Gleeson is spot-on (“Our streets are blocked by a wave of couch-surfing bludgers”, 13/10). The current crop of underemployed noisy activists posing as concerned eco-evangelists are providing a masterclass in vacuous virtue-signalling.
I trust that I speak for many other law-abiding citizens who are getting a little fed up with the civil disobedience that is currently infecting our nation’s CBDs, where climate protesters feel empowered to effectively shut down major roads and cause commuter chaos. On a school excursion several years ago, I witnessed a solitary disturbed individual prance about in the middle of a busy arterial road intersection. Within a few minutes, he was rightly removed and arrested by police officers, so that the fourway traffic could flow again.
However, why is it that simply being angry and finding 100 other underemployed activists in search of a cause entails you to then successfully shut off busy sections of the city, in order to screech that Australia’s 1.3 per cent contribution to worldwide greenhouse gases is somehow responsible for the extinction of an unspecified species?
Here’s an alternative suggestion: find some fellow remonstrators, travel down to Canberra and picket the embassies of China and India, which are building new coalpower stations quicker than we can shut them down.
Perhaps then take some time to actually write to the ambassadors of said nations, calmly setting forth your point of view. Such actions might not be sexy and will require a little more effort than simply making a cardboard placard that makes for a snappy Instagram photo, but it would at least demonstrate a genuine commitment to the cause. PETER WATERHOUSE